Online silent auction to benefit children in Lilydale park tragedy

5:36 AM, May 28, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - On this Memorial Day, a St. Louis Park business owner hopes the public can help remember the young lives impacted by the Lilydale Park field trip tragedy.

Tami Cabrera owns Muddy Paws Cheesecake company and is using her business savvy to help organize an online silent auction for the Peter Hobart Elementary PTAO.

The sale of all donated items will directly benefit the families of 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana and 9-year-old Haysem Sani, who died in last week's mudslide.  The money will also go towards the two other boys who were hurt, and towards counseling for the other children traumatized by that day.

"My daughter is one of the fourth graders at Peter Hobart so it really comes home for me. The two boys that passed away were her friends and it's been a tough emotional week in our house.  So, for me it was very personal. I love St. Louis Park," said Cabrera.

Cabrera will accept auction donations at her business tomorrow from 10am to 6pm at 7600 West 27th Street, Suite B2 in St. Louis Park.

Then, the online action kicks off nationwide June 1st through June 5th, at www.32auctions.com. Interested parties can click on "Supporting Peter Hobart Families", and select items ranging from sporting and theater tickets, gift baskets, jewelry and household items.

"People have come out of their way to help, it's so generous and heartwarming and sweet," said Cabrera.

She's hoping to raise $30 thousand for the families.

Today, the last remaining victim in the hospital, Devon Meldahl, was upgraded to good condition at Regions Hospital.

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